Marines arrive in Wellington

The US 1st Marine Division arrives in Wellington aboard the USS Wakefield on 14 June 1942.

The journey to camp

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After leaving the ship, the Marines boarded a train to Paekākāriki, where they disembarked and marched into camp. The 1st Marines did not stay long, departing six weeks later for the bloody Guadalcanal campaign in the Solomon Islands.


Main image: Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: F 32262 1/4
Photographer: George Silk
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Other images: Alexander Turnbull Library

How to cite this page: 'Marines arrive in Wellington', URL:, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 20-Dec-2012

Community contributions

13 Mar 2013
Hi Oakes, thanks for this. The First Division arrived in Wellington 14 June 1942 then were shipped off to Guadalcanal (where many would die) on 22 July. Others quickly took their place, including the 2nd and 3rd Marine Divisions and members of the 37th, 43rd and 25th Infantry Divisions. Regards, Jamie Mackay.
13 Mar 2013

Not only was the 1st Marine Division in Wellington, but the 2nd Marine Division was there as well. My Grandfather was among them. A Corporal in the USMC.

What do you know?